2009

CORPUS EXTREMUS (LIFE+)

02/28/09 – 04/18/09

Curator: Boryana Rossa, as part of Exit Art’s Curatorial Incubator
Curatorial Incubator Director: Mary Anne Staniszewski
Project Managers: Herb Tam and Lauren Rosati
Poster Design: Papo Colo

Artists: Suzanne Anker, Guy Ben-Ary and Philip Gamblen in collaboration with Dr. Steve Potter Lab (Dr. Steve Potter, Douglas Swehla, Stephen Bobic), BioKino (Guy Ben-Ary and Tanya Visosevic), Dmitry Bulatov, Center for PostNatural History, Kathy High, Soyo Lee, Yuri Leiderman and Andrei Silvestrov, Stelarc, The Tissue Culture and Art Project (Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr), ULTRAFUTURO (Oleg Mavromatti and Boryana Rossa) in collaboration with Chris Bjornsson and Kathy High, Paul Vanouse, Jennifer Willet, Adam Zaretsky and the pFARM Collective

Exhibition: Corpus Extremus (Life+) presented work by artists who use bio- and media- technologies to investigate questions of life and death. Representative of a relatively new international trend, these artists are uniting science and art to challenge conventional understanding of both fields. The artworks in this exhibition deal with the transformation of our notions of life and death due to the implementation of biotechnological advances in everyday life. Recent innovations in science and technology are causing us to confront and challenge our conventional understanding of the body. Trying to reveal “the secret of life,” and to retain health, we are finding new ways to create living transplants and sustain life outside of the body. This possibility gives ground for the design of new organisms – hybrids, cyborgs and extended human bodies – that might be a new stage in an evolution with a questionable future.

Events: March 5, 2009, Corpus Extremus (LIFE+) Explained and Expanded, Part 1, with presentations by Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr of The Tissue Culture and Art Project, Dr. Steve Potter via Skype, and Guy Ben-Ary and Tanya Visosevic of Biokino; March 6, 2009, Corpus Extremus (LIFE+) Explained and Expanded, Part 2, with presentations by Paul Vanouse and Adam Zaretsky; April 17, 2009, Corpus Extremus (LIFE+) Explained and Expanded, Part 3, with presentations by Irina Aristarkhova, Ph.D., Suzanne Anker and Kathy High; April 18, 2009, with presentations by Rich Pell and Oleg Mavromatti

VERTICAL GARDENS

03/28/09 – 05/23/09

Curator(s): Jeanette Ingberman, Herb Tam and Lauren Rosati

Artists: Abruzzo Bodziak Architects; ATOPIA; Bob Bingham and Claire Hoch; Patrick Blanc; Bohn & Viljoen Architects; Dickson Despommier; Evo Design with Mica Gross; Todd Haiman; Haus-Rucker-Inc.; Edmundo Ortega and Dianne Rohrer; Claude Boullevraye de Passillé; Oda Projesi; Rael San Fratello Architects (Virginia San Fratello and Ronald Rael); Naomi Reis; Roomservices (Evren Uzer and Otto Von Busch); SITE (Denise MC Lee, Sara Stracey and James Wines)

Exhibition: Vertical Gardens is an exhibition of architectural models, renderings, drawings, photographs and ephemera that depict or imagine a vertical farm, urban garden or green roof. It features over 20 projects, both imaginary and real, by artists and architects that envision solutions for building greener urban environments. Conceived by Papo Colo.

Events: April 21 and 22, 2009, 2day/earthday, a free two-day event celebrating Earth Day 2009, with presentations by Dickson D. Despommier, James Wines, a composting workshop by the Lower East Side Ecology Center, and SEA Poetry Series No. 1 with Jonathan Skinner

Travel: AIA San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (February 18 – April 30, 2010)

NÉGRITUDE

05/20/09 – 07/25/09

Curator(s): Papo Colo,Tânia Cypriano, Rose Réjouis, Franklin Sirmans, Greg Tate

Artists: Papo Colo, Thornton Dial, Jr., Thornton Dial, Sr., Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Holley, Arthur Jafa, Andre Juste, Vladimir Cybil Charlier Juste, Ronald Lockett, Tierney Malone, Mario Cravo Neto, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Xaviera Simmons, Purvis Young, François Ziliff

Exhibition: Négritude, an experimental multi-disciplinary exhibition at Exit Art, explores the visionary 20th century political and artistic movement of the same name — coined by the Martinican poet, playwright, and politician Aimé Césaire in the 1930s — which flourished among Black intellectuals in post-World War I Paris and later spread to Africa, the United States and the Caribbean.

Events: June 18, 2009, Négritude party with Baye Kouyaté et Les Tougarakes, Dallam-Dougou and Afro/Brazilian music by DJ Turmix; July 21, 2009, Négritude Dialogues, a conversation with Négritude artists Vladimir Cybil Charlier Juste and André Juste, moderated by Thomas C. Spear and Racial Spacial Facial Glacial: A Group Lecture on the Architectonics and Antipsychotics of 4th-Stage Négritude and other Dub Strategies, a conversation with VËRSION, the newly formed collective of Xaviera Simmons, Arthur Jafa, and Greg Tate; July 23, 2009, with music by Burnt Sugar and The Last Minute Trio and poetry by Celena Glenn / Black Cracker; Brazilian Film Festival, curated by Tânia Cypriano, May 22 – July 24, 2009, with ATLÂNTICO NEGRO: Na Rota dos Orixás (Black Atlantic: On the Orixás Route); ODÔ YÁ! LIFE WITH AIDS; SAÚDE E FÉ; CIDADE DAS MULHERES (City of Women); ABOLIÇÃO (Abolition); ORI; QUILOMBO, DO CAMPO GRANDE AOS MARTINS; BIMBA, THE ENLIGHTENED CAPOEIRA; WILSON SIMONAL – YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TOUGH IT WAS; ENCONTRO COM MILTON SANTOS (An Encounter with Milton Santos); L.A.P.A.;and INSURREIÇÃO RÍTMICA (Rhythmic Uprising)

THE END OF OIL

06/13/09 – 07/31/09

Curator(s): Lauren Rosati and Herb Tam

Artists: Khalil Chishtee; Louisa Conrad; Robert Ladislas Derr; Dominic Gagnon; Ed Kashi; Matt Kenyon; Michael Mandiberg; Andrei Molodkin; Jo Syz

Exhibition: A project of SEA (Social-Environmental Aesthetics), The End of Oil is an exhibition of photography, prints, videos, installations and new media that addresses human dependence on oil and other fossil fuels; the ramifications that this dependency has on the future of the environment and of global geopolitics; and the recent push towards viable alternative energy resources. SEA and The End of Oil conceived by Papo Colo.

Events: July 15, 2009, SEA Poetry Series No. 2 with Marcella Durand; June 20 and 27, 2009, The End of Oil Screening Series, with The Great Squeeze (2008); July 11 and 18, 2009, The End of Oil Screening Series, with A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006); July 25, 2009, The End of Oil Screening Series, with The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006)

REGINA JOSÉ GALINDO

10/02/09 – 12/19/09

Curator(s): Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo

Exhibition: Regina José Galindo – the second exhibition in Exit Art’s SOLO series and the first in the Performance in Crisis program – is a ten-year survey of performance and installation work by the Guatemalan artist Regina José Galindo. The opening includes the New York premiere of a new work, Crisis: Cloth, to be performed only once: on the opening night of this exhibition. Crisis: Cloth is part of a performance trilogy titled Crisis, for which Regina José Galindo will enact a series of transactions that reference and critique our current moment of economic instability. For this performance, the artist will sell each article of clothing she will be wearing for $5 a piece to any audience member willing to pay and remove it from her body.

PERFORMANCE IN CRISIS

10/02/09 – 12/19/09

Curator(s): Conceived and curated by Papo Colo with Associate Curator Herb Tam

Artists: Rob Andrews, Diana Beato, Peter Dobill, Regina José Galindo, Vanessa Hernandez Gracia, Annamarie Ho, Mayumi Ishino, Rosamond S. King, Saeri Kiritani, Anya Liftig

, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, David Pérez Karmadavis, Jolie Pichardo

, Boryana Rossa and Oleg Mavromatti, Rafael Sanchez
, Mark Stafford
, Rafa Vargas

Exhibition: Performance in Crisis is a series of site-specific performative responses to the many crises in the global society from a particular view of the artists’ aesthetic. Often it is a presentation of an extreme action. These “performances with a purpose” are a radical and profound look at the art of performance / actions. These performances / actions will examine our cultural condition and respond urgently to the monumental challenges we currently face, from health care reform to immigration laws, to the horror of war and the manipulation of banks, from the poisoning of the environment to the corruption in our government. Performance in Crisis confronts these issues, exposing them and encouraging further response.


AMERICA FOR SALE

10/02/09 – 12/19/09

Curator(s): Lauren Rosati and Herb Tam

Artists: Sung Choi, Nicky Enright, Dominic Gagnon, Elaine Kaufmann, erin Ko, Jess Levey, Abby Manock, Jonathan Matas, Radical Art Initiative, Ryan Roth, TRIIIBE

Exhibition: A project of SEA (Social-Environmental Aesthetics), America for Sale is an exhibition of photography, sculpture, video, and installation that addresses America’s spiraling national debt, struggling global economy, and the ramifications of our extravagant spending. SEA and America for Sale conceived by Papo Colo

Events: December 10, 2009, SEA Poetry Series No. 3 with Laura Elrick, followed by a panel with Elrick and artists Jess Levey and Adam Simon; October 21 – November 18, 2009, The Institute for Aesthetic Research, organized by David Baumflek and Daniel Lichtman, with presentations by Timothy Murray and Renate Ferro, John Baldachinno, Ethan Spigland, and Adam Simon; October 17 and 23, 2009, screening of Zeitgeist: Addendum